Weakness has always been a concern for William Miller: growing up vegetarian in a family of bodybuilders will do that to a person. But William is further weakened by the death of his mother, the arrival of a new step-mother, and his irrepressible crush on his new step-sister, Lulu. As Lulu faces down her own challenges, William watches his life shift into tumult and despair. Once Lulu departs for college, Will goes into the world to find himself — discovering Western philosophy, a cruel dating world, enduring friendship, and, ultimately, his true calling. Emboldened by his turn as a late-night radio personality, Will rescues himself from the self-image of weakness he’d long wished to escape. This debut novel explores the fundamental difference between where we come from — and the endless possibilities of where we may go.
Most novels in which a boy must oil up his bodybuilder father for competition would merit our attention, but that detail is just one of many amazements on offer in All About Lulu. Will the Thrill is a great literary charmer, and through his rich voice Jonathan Evison has concocted a funny and painfully honest piece of fiction.
Evison’s debut novel glows with evocative details and unforgettable scenes... story of sweet complexity, about the people you want to hold on to, and the ones you have to let go.
Anyone who has ever experienced obsessive love — or wanted to experience obsessive love — will find themselves at home in Jonathan Evison’s All About Lulu. The voice is fresh as this morning’s rain, the emotions are universal. Read this book and realize you aren’t the only one knocked stupid for love.
All About Lulu is an exhilarating, wholly original and brave novel about obsession, love and becoming. With Will Miller Evison has created a thoroughly modern protagonist steeped in Dickensian complexity, pure yet conflicted, lost yet driven to find truth in the dysfunctional American abyss.
Evison’s debut — of love and loss, growing up, throwing up and moving on — is a stunner... Evison provides readers a viciously funny and deeply felt portrayal of a blended family and one man’s thwarted longing.